Graffiti at Eastern Market

Another trip today to Eastern Market. Met some friends who haven’t been there before on Saturday.

I parked in one of the alleys at the south eastern end of Eastern Market which is right next to Gratiot and the entrance to 375.

I stepped out of the car and got this picture.


Detroit – Temple Beth El


I was cruising down Woodward to Eastern Market and figured I would stop by and take a few snaps of another one of my favorite buildings in Detroit (I have a lot). Please excuse the quality of the shots as I was in a hurry..and I’m not much a photographer. The building deserves better.

Temple Beth El at the corner of Gladstone and Woodward. Here’s the Wikipedia entry for Temple Beth El.

The congregation moved from Woodward and near Eliot (the building is now Wayne State’s Bonstelle Theatre) to the building pictured above in 1922. This building is quite a stunner as well.

In both cases the Temples were designed by this guy named Albert Kahn. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. If not see here… quite the body of work.

This is the front of the building. If you look closely you’ll see different sayings far above the doors.


The first time I saw the building this is the side I saw and the quote:



More Detroit – The Wurlitzer

Hands down The Wurlitzer is one of my favorite buildings in Detroit. See here for a map.


The Wurlitzer sits beside the Metropolitan and just around the corner from the David Broderick Tower (see the last image…building on the right).

The Wurlitzer was built in 1926 and has 14 floors. I should also note that the top story looks right into Comerica Park. What a great place for an apartment!

The facade of the building is just gorgeous.

The design looks to be almost Greek influenced and I want to say that it is done in a Terra Cotta but I’m not sure. The picture above shows some of the detailing that went into the building.

Looking closely at the building it is apparent that it is slowly falling down. Bits of the lattice around the windows are gone and at the top it appears that the stonework is loose.

What makes the story even more disappointing is that the area around the building includes the Detroit Opera House, The YMCA (beautiful building), The Detroit Beer Company and several funky little businesses.

I’ve heard several stories about this building and all of them are reflect the past 30 years of Detroit history.

Sad. In the end it will probably get knocked down and the ornamentation added to a architectural scrap yard to be picked over.

Correction: The building is done in the Renaissance Revival style according to Wikipedia. See here.